Boehner Targets ‘Anchor Babies,’ McConnell Highlights ‘Birth Tourism’

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Monday, August 09, 2010 at 12:51 pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner entered the 14th Amendment fray Sunday, telling “Meet the Press” Sunday that granting automatic citizenship to babies born in the U.S. is “an incentive for illegal immigrants to come here.” He did not say whether he would back a change, but argued birthright citizenship draws illegal immigrants to the country and burdens schools.

Boehner was far from the first Republican to weigh in on the possibility of hearings on the 14th Amendment. But his choice to frame the issue broadly diverges from efforts by other Republican leaders to focus on “birth tourism,” or companies that exploit U.S. citizenship laws by charging large fees to help women travel to the U.S. to have their children. As Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift reported, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is attempting to reframe his party’s 14th Amendment talk around these companies instead of focusing on illegal immigrants who have children in the U.S.

The distinction is important: While the idea of “anchor babies” has been hotly contested, claims of “birth tourism” are backed up by a Washington Post article. The idea of “birth tourism” is also less racially charged, Clift notes while discussing other Republicans’ statements on the 14th Amendment:

They’re aiming their divisive rhetoric at the babies born to illegal immigrants, mostly from Mexico, who are already in the country and whose children are American citizens, thanks to the 14th Amendment. It is the latest iteration of the anti-Hispanic sentiment that has gotten the GOP into political trouble in California and elsewhere with this fastest-growing segment of the population. It also speaks volumes about what the GOP thinks of its prospects for getting African-American votes, since the 14th Amendment is sacrosanct to them.

The Republican National Committee has been careful to discuss the 14th Amendment in terms of “birth tourism” rather than children of illegal immigrants. RNC spokesman Doug Heye told Talking Points Memo that “holding hearings on the potential abuse of birthright citizenship – as documented by the Washington Post is perfectly reasonable.”

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ALbert010
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

GOP Platform 2010:

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valerieh
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

I agree with this article ONE HUNDRED PERCENT


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Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

GOP Platform 2010….and 2008….2006…2004…2002…shall I continue?


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Denver Dave
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

Do Republicans still claim to support the Constitution? Because from here it looks like their platform is to attack it.


Fred
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

Then you can say the same about all the people in every European nation and India ( also popular destinations for illegal immigrants) who have all wised up of late and eliminated birthright citizenship for illegal aliens.


Mishelly
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

OK so what happens when one parent is an American born citizen and the other is here illegally?


tnazar
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

Or even more to the point – the mother is a white American citizen and the father a black Kenyan student here legally?


rust
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

I have really been wanting to become a republican for awhile now. I voted for Bush on his first term. I agree with their economic policies for the most part especially when it comes to taxes. Stupid things change my mind every time.


ValleyVixon
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

What we have is an issue of access. When the 14th was written we did not have the ability to travel as we do now. In hours a women can be in the USA give birth and leave. Without new regulations our country is a open door, and anyone can come in. I do think that this is bad policy, it doesn't allow our country the right to be American. The open door makes our citizenship a joke. Our lawmakers are afraid of loosing possible votes from people who are not in reality American. We need change, and it scares me that our politicians are so self absorbed and afraid that our voices will never be heard. Sad to say but the citizens of the United States actually need a lobbyist to fight for our rights. How absurd…


evil_tendencies
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

Under section 322 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), if such a child lives out of the US, the child is actually eligible for citizenship and may apply for it.


evil_tendencies
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

Asking to change the constitution is no more an attack on the fundamental laws of our nation than passing the 14th amendment was in the first place. If adding that amendment to ensure that black Americans can be recognized as citizens is in support of the constitution, then modifying that amendment to prevent abuse of it must also be seen as support of the same.

On the other hand, the left-wing Democrat ploy of preventing the federal government from carrying out their constitutionally guaranteed and mandated role of securing our borders from unwanted visitors, while ignoring the overwhelming, ongoing and legitimate calls of the people to the contrary, DOES sound like an attack on not only the constitution, but on the very sovereignty of our nation.


tnazar
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

Yeah, I know that but I was trying to be sarcastic. Obviously failed.


Young In OC
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

Eliminate the 14th Amendment. Do away with it. At the time it was enacted it was definitely called for, especially in light of what the ex-slaves had already went through.

But, now? Automatic citizen anchor babies and birth tours? Bullshit!!! Eliminate the 14th Amendment altogether, and if it were possible, yes…revoke the citizenship of all the ones you can track down who benefited from it.


Young In OC
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

Amen, ValleyVixon


Young In OC
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

Haha, I love this one. Good question?


Young In OC
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Comment posted August 10, 2010 @ 2:14 am

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You damn right all the way back to 1492. Every F*cker born since then should be an illegal.


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Yes the Bush tax cuts really saved our economy. Imagine how bad things would be if we had not had those tax cuts?


Mrwolrab
Comment posted August 16, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

They twice as American as some half assed fuck like you.


Mrwolrab
Comment posted August 16, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

Only when it serves their purposes. Otherwise throw it out.


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